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by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Would you agree with this statement??
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Would you agree with this statement??

I've been thinking about the phrase Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is form. I'm wondering if other Buddhists agree with this phrase: "Reality is Illusion, Illusion is Reality." The idea of an illusion is only meaningful if there is reality with which to contrast it. It everything were illusion, th...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 52
Views: 1047

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

You prove your convictions by your behaviour. I think that the only proof possible, or needed.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

Indeed have a large clearing does help, but something that happens when the fire conditions are bad enough is that, because of a combination of travelling embers shifted by strong winds, and the heat radiating from nearby blazes, even apparently isolated trees and bushes can ignite. I remember an ol...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 18
Views: 406

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

That's fine if karma has no basis in causality as we know it, I suppose, but then doesn't that render karma effectively random and meaningless? Nope. Just because you can't work out the details, doesn't mean it isn't true. It's like what Padma Von Sambha says. Just because you can't figure out the ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

We have them here in this part of the world too (namely Australia). Here it's just coming on to summer. The last really big conflagration was in 2009 which took 173 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. There have been others since, and I myself live in a bushfire-prone suburb. Anyway, they're terr...
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

The scenes of devastation from those fires are unbelievable and heartbreaking. Entire neighbourhoods entirely razed to the ground.
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1364
Views: 114232

Re: Music time


Listen to the lyrics - it's about global awakening.
Ace band, and one of my all-time favourite songwriters.
(Musos will recognize the bass player.)
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 18
Views: 406

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

I wouldn't spend (waste?) too much time trying to reconcile evolutionary history with karma. Karma is not a naturalistic theory, although I would hope it doesn't contradict naturalism. But there are many imponderables involved. For instance, one of them is that the human notion of time is inextricab...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4437

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Why is the 2nd Amendment deified especially in light of the massive misuse of the right to bear arms? I think the answer is, that it is something like a vicious circle. A lot of well-meaning people - upstanding citizens, not criminals - will insist that 'gun laws' won't stop criminals and psychopat...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Confrontation with Heidegger
Replies: 20
Views: 632

Re: Confrontation with Heidegger

I was cautiously interested in Heidegger, due to the enthusiasm for him of some posters that I respect on philosophy forums. I read a number of articles about him, online encyclopedia extracts, one of his essays and some other extracts. Never tackled Being and Time. He has some important insights, b...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: karmapa dispute and nydahl group
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: karmapa dispute and nydahl group

There was a book published in 2005 about the Karmapa succession.

Dance of 17 Lives - http://a.co/3M4jm67
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Jim Carey experiences no - self
Replies: 35
Views: 751

Re: Jim Carey experiences no - self

actually, that's obvious now you mention it. I hate Jim Carrey's comedies (then again, never was a Jerry Lewis fan), but his 'serious' roles are quite interesting, the last of those was a fascinating take on 'neuro-reductionism'.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Jim Carey experiences no - self
Replies: 35
Views: 751

Re: Jim Carey experiences no - self

The vibe I got from watching the various media snippets is, definitely some insight happened, but integration is another matter. After all Hollywood is alive with Eastern cultural memes - Paramahansa Yogananda set up shop there in 1920-something. Goldie Hawn is a full-on New Age diva. So such ideas ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 65
Views: 1261

Re: Daily Lojong

Thanks for sharing! Great teaching story.
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Daily Lojong
Replies: 65
Views: 1261

Re: Daily Lojong

I wonder if he was happy if white won? :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 927

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

Also remember the bodhisattva principle, accepting those that insult you as teachers, and not feeling aggrieved by what they say. It doesn't mean agreeing with them, but not being disturbed by them. I know, much easier to say than do, but it is worth reflecting on.
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice for scraping a website.
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Advice for scraping a website.

there used to be a tool called Web Whacker for doing exactly that. Used it 10 years ago, worked then.
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4437

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I think the harsh reality is that American politicians have decided that the so-called 'second amendment freedoms' outweigh the fact of tens of thousands of innocents being killed every year. In other words, they are willing to tolerate a very high rate of murder, for what they think of as 'freedom'...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 32
Views: 692

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Good luck with writing the specification. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4437

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Imagine what Trump and his alt-right supporters would be saying if the shooter had been Muslim. It would have precipitated talk of martial law, internment of suspects, immediate implementation of immigration barriers, and other such punitive and drastic measures, possibly culminating in real militar...